VANCE, Ala. (AP) -- Mercedes-Benz will reduce operations on one of its assembly lines at its Alabama plant next year in response to a slowdown in the auto industry. A spokeswoman says no layoffs will result from the change.
Mercedes spokeswoman Felyicia Jerald said Thursday the plant also will extend its typical one-week summer shutdown to four weeks next year.
In January, Mercedes will move to one shift on Assembly Line 1 and in Paint Shop 1.
Both areas now operate two shifts.
Jerald said the plant's Assembly Line 2, Paint Shop 2 and body shop will continue operating with two shifts.
The $1 billion plant now employs about 4,000 people.